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ISSUE 118 VOL 15 PUBLISHED 4/8/2005

Dillinger Four punks rock

By Brian Strand
Contributing Writers


Friday, April 8, 2005

Friday night, the Pause played home to a punk rock music concert – a far too infrequent event.

The concert began with The Cardinal Sin from Minneapolis. The band was formed from members of Cadillac Blindside, Song of Zarathustra and The Crush – all now defunct.

The Cardinal Sin played several songs from their new EP on Grey Flight Records, Oil and Water. The songs featured driving rhythm, along with catchy guitar leads and heartfelt lyrics. Their sound is reminiscent of Alkaline Trio and Jawbreaker.

The band received moderate attendance from a mix of Oles and dedicated “off the Hill” fans.

After The Cardinal Sin finished, Dillinger Four took the stage .

In 1994, the Twin Cities’ punk rock band played their second show in the Larson Coffee House. This time, the band was making their triumphant return as an internationally-recognized punk band.

Dillinger Four played songs from all three of their full-length studio albums.

The band’s sound combines guitar riffs reminiscent of earlier pop-punk bands such as Screeching Weasel and blends them with their own brand of heavier, harmonizing rhythms. To top it off, guitarists Billy Morrisette and Erik Funk and bassist Patrick Costello all share vocal duties on songs – ranging from working class America to the role of religion in society. In between their songs, Costello offered witty remarks and anecdotes chronicling the band’s humble beginnings.

In addition, the band’s drummer Lane Pederson entertained the crowd with his ability to toss his drumsticks up in the air during brief measures of rest and catch them in time to pound away on his drum set like a true rock star.

The band’s set seemed to be a bit on the short side, especially considering that they were headlining the show. Nevertheless, their performance was definitely enjoyable, even without wholeheartedly energetic feedback from the audience.

Compared to most attendees at Dillinger Four shows, the crowd was unnervingly calm after Pause security prevented the possibility of a mosh pit at the start of the band’s set. Yet, despite their docility, the audience was perfectly poised for a Pause show and everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.





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